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    Books to read

    Animal Farm.
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    IMCairns weather

    Mate stay away from willyweather, it's notoriously inaccurate. It's prediction for Cairns at the moment is 11 knots, the live reading from the wind meter is 20 knots. Most peeps use Seabreeze. http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/qld2.asp
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    IMCairns weather

    It's definitely km/hr as opposed to knots? If you look at the live readings taken by wind meters for Cairns it's currently 20 kts which is about 40km/hr and Arlington reef (East of Palm Cove) is currently reading 48km/hr. The forecast has changed slightly 3 times in the past 24 hours, so it still may change. Forecast was for high winds on Sunday as of yesterday arvo, this changed to lighter winds this morning, but it's back up to 40 - 45km/hr winds for race day now. Use the forecast plus the live wind readings as a guide, the wind meters don't speculate.
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    Garmin 500 'working'

    try sticking it in a container with silica gel sachets for 24 hours.
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    2014-2015 Half Ironman's in Australia

    Mandurah 70.3 Nov 9th 2014 $330
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    Fractured Collarbone

    I reckon you'll be ok. Rejig your training, smash the wind trainer, until you can run, which won't be long and if you're getting in decent workouts on bike & run that will mean by the time you jump back into the pool, you won't be too far behind. Then maybe spend a bit more time in the water than you normally would to catch up.
  7. No f**cking way. Sometimes when the surf is pumping and I have to work....
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    Fractured Collarbone

    Yeah it's a real minor injury in the big scheme of things and you should be right. If you were playing rugby, you'd be back to full contact after 4, 5 weeks, so it's going to be pretty strong after 2, 3 weeks.
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    Fractured Collarbone

    No seperation and no torn muscles & ligaments is good. Fractured bones typically take 6 weeks to heal, all my breaks (noses, arm, cheekbone, fingers etc) have kept me out no longer than 6 weeks, so you should be OK for UKIM. I'd guess 2 - 3 weeks before you can swim again? Riding on the wind trainer now and running in 10 days or so? But yeah go to a Sports Doctor, rather than a physio.
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    Is this TU?

    His wife went nuts when she found out he was running in her french knickers.
  11. Focus on your running. Thats the one leg where when things go pear shaped you can end up losing a lot of time. You don't need to be running 21kms, but you do need to be running longish runs e.g 12, 14, 16kms every now and again, just so you know you can make the distance. Mix up your running, do some intervals stuff e.g 400s, run on grass, do 3 x 5kms etc etc you don't really need a specific, set training program at your level. Do what works for you and your body. If you're getting sore and stiff, switch to intervals for a few days. You've got plenty of time, build slowly. And don't read too much on the internet about training, you'll go mad. You don't have to flog yourself in training or do crazy hours, just be prepared on the day i.e do a few open water races and maybe at least one long brick 90km ride/10km run that way you'll know come race day it's unlikely there will be any suprises. My first 70.3 I totally undertrained and underprepared and really it was a waste of $330 other than to say I'd completed a 70.3 - pfft ...... so set yourself some goals, a realistic target time and train accordingly.
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    IMCairns weather

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  13. What are your goals for the HIM in november? Have you got a target time in mind? What is your swimming & riding like e.g average km/hr over a long ride? I'm a relative noob so all my training & race cockups are still fresh in my mind
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    IMCairns weather

    I've never been up there, you have, so I'm just speculating I'll shutup with my speculating
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    IMCairns weather

    I think you're probably right. Large swells are a problem, windy chop is much more manageable for safety crew, spotting swimmers, rescues etc.
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    IMCairns weather

    This isn't a seabreeze that starts mid morning and picks up through the day, the wind is blowing all through the night. So it will be as strong at 7am as it will be at 11am. It will be choppy, but not much swell so no problem for decent swimmers. Unfortunately in IM even though it's a 3.8km swim u still get p*ss poor swimmers who really shouldn't be out there and can only do the 3.8km swim if conditions are perfect and the organisers seem to fanny about making sure it's all lovely and safe for them.. Is it wetsuit legal?
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    IMCairns weather

    Mate I reckon you will be fine. If the place doesn't normally get a lot of swell hitting it, then I reckon conditions will be ok even with 40km/hr winds. Plus it looks like those conditions will be there all week so they've got plenty of time to assess it & come up with a plan B.
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    IMCairns weather

    It's probably the wind they're concerned about i.e if you've got an onshore wind at 40km/hr that can turn flat water into pretty choppy water even with little swell. That said surely they will be able to find some way of rejigging the course if there are any issues with the conditions. I'd be pretty suprised if they shortened the swim.
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    IMCairns weather

    Swell size is determined automatically by ocean buoys that send the data back to BOM, so if someone states the swell is 2.5m they probably got that info from BOM. And a 2m swell doesn't mean you get 2m waves. A 2m swell isn't big and would probably produce small waves on a beach break, at least in WA.
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    IMCairns weather

    Have a look on on Seabreeze http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/qld2.asp I use this all the time for windsurfing and surfing and it's very accurate. Conditions may change slightly from now until raceday, but I would say what Seabreeze says now is what you'll get. Looks like the wind will blow through the night around 40km/hr and 2.5m swell - is the swim protected at all?
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    Crowie dq'd in Kona 70.3.

    A mates mate got DQ'd in Busso for his wetsuit. It was a Speedo wetsuit with blades on the arms to help with propulsion. I'd never heard of these wetsuits, apparenlty Speedo are insisting they are within the rules.
  22. Hoping to break 20 mins, got down to 22.10... 19.59 doesn't seem that far away, but I can't see myself getting there for a while... I can sit on 4min/km pace for 2 kms or so, but 5km is a big ask!
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    Can I go 10:30 at Port

    Why should mondo hours equal good time? Plenty of people out there are putting in lots of wasted hours in the pool or on the bike. Better off doing 2km in the pool comprising 100m, 200m sprints flat out as opposed to a 4km dawdle up and down the pool.
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    Can I go 10:30 at Port

    I suppose it depends on how hard you've trained as opposed to how far you've gone? How does your fitness compare now to when you got low 5s for the halves?
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